A flight offers to enjoy a total solar eclipse from a height of 10 km

Delta Airlines has proposed a unique route that will allow passengers to find themselves in the heart of an extremely rare natural phenomenon – a total solar eclipse that will occur in April 2024. This “astronomical” flight 1218 from Austin, Texas, to Detroit, Michigan, will go through the area of the maximum eclipse, giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy the view of the fully covered Sun in a clear sky from a height of 10 km. According to NASA, the sky during the flight will be covered with darkness for almost four minutes.

Total solar eclipse on December 4, 2021 (view from an airplane). Source: Petr Horálek

The flight is scheduled to depart on Monday, April 8, at 1:15 p.m. ET, and at 4:20 p.m. ET. The eclipse period will begin at 1:58 p.m. ET and reach its peak at about 3:14 p.m. ET in Detroit. In addition to the attractive route, the company chose a special Airbus A220-300 aircraft, which is equipped with large windows so that passengers can enjoy the spectacle without restrictions.

Solar eclipse of April 8, 2024. Illustration: Space Engine

Tickets for this exciting flight have already been sold out quickly. The last two available seats cost USD 1,129 one way. Unfortunately, at the time of publication of the article, they had also already found their owners. However, Delta offers other options for those who do not have time to book a seat on this flight.

On the same day, there are flights from Detroit to Westchester County and two from Los Angeles to Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, which will also allow you to observe this impressive phenomenon. Still, the planes of these flights will no longer have such large windows.

Airbus A220-300

This astronomical phenomenon in April will be the last total solar eclipse to be observed from the United States until 2044.

Earlier, we reported on how total solar eclipses on Earth would disappear forever in the future.

According to gizmodo.com

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